New Blog Features Coming!

Don’t worry, these are hopefully actual “features,” and not a “feature” in the same way as the broken Delta SkyMiles award calendar. šŸ˜‰

Last weekend I asked you guys for feedback regarding possibly adding contributors to the blog. I love what I do more than I can put into words, and have no plans to change anything anytime soon.

Iceland-Approach

At the same time, I never take a day off and feel like I can’t ever disconnect. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel like I need a day off because my “job” is doing what I love, but I’m also trying to plan long term.

You guys provided a ton of amazing feedbackĀ regarding the possibility of adding contributors. The overall theme was “don’t outsource the blog, we read it for you.”

And that’s incredibly humbling and kind, and I can’t express how grateful I am for the kind words.

Frankly it amazes me that anyone reads this blog, let alone reads it to hear what I have to say. That’s why I’m always caught a bit off guard when I’m recognized by a reader at an airport or hotel. I’m thrilled to meet them, but it’s surreal to me that people actually read what I write and know so much about my life, given that I kind of just write the blog as if I’m talking to myself (this paragraph is no exception). šŸ˜‰

The feedback was great, and it certainly reflects my sentiments as well. I don’t want to — and won’t — outsource the blog. What I potentially want to do, however, is add some unique voices to the blog. They won’t replace what I write, but rather will hopefully complement it and write from a completely different perspective. And maybe eventually will help me feel like I have a bit of backup if I do ever want to take a day off.

Which brings me to the two blog updates I’d like to share:

I’m adding my first “permanent” guest contributor

I’ve had some great guest contributors in the past, like Andrew, Scott, and Tiffany, though their posts have been based on specific situations vs. posting with any amount of consistency. Several of youĀ mentioned that you’ve really enjoyed when peopleĀ share their differing perspectives on a trip they’ve taken with me, so I’ll try to encourageĀ more of that as well (though it may result in my having fewer willing travel companions in general).

In a different vein, I want to try out the concept of having a regularĀ guest contributor, so please welcome Travis. He’s a good friend of mine and not currently a blogger, and he’ll start by writing one guest post per week, which will be published on Wednesdays.

He won’t cover anything I’d otherwise cover, and has a completely different approach to travel. As a matter of fact I would argue he’s the only person in the world that travels the way he does.

I don’t want to spoil any surprises, so stay tuned for Wednesday when he’ll have his first post introducing himself.

This is a test for now. I want to see how it works and if you guys enjoy the variety.

Like I said, this won’t replace anything I do — it’s simply an addition to what I do, and I think when you hear from Travis you’ll see why I think he makes such a unique contributor.

So please welcome him with his first post, and of course provide constructive feedback.

I’ll be publishing weekly recap posts on Saturdays

One of the funnier (to me) comments someone left on that previous post was saying thatĀ they “believed that I posted every day.”

For better or worse, I publish 50+ posts per week. And I realize that can be tough to keep up with.

So this isn’t something I’d ever previously considered, but for the weekend crowd I’ve decided to try publishing a post on Saturday which recapsĀ all the week’s posts.

For those of you that don’t read daily (or hourly), hopefully it’s a good all-in-one place to take a look at theĀ posts from the week, and maybe with the consolidated format we can get some good discussions happening, which I think the weekend crew tend to miss out on otherwise.

This isn’t intended to replace any other posts, but ratherĀ just present the news in a different format. And maybe it will eventually encourage me to go outside on Saturdays.

Bottom line

I really appreciate all the feedback and really appreciate you guys reading. When I ask for feedback I truly, genuinely, want to hear what you guys think.

As the blog continues to grow I want to continue to do what I can to make the blog as user friendly as possible, while still keeping the same “feel.”

This hobby is my passion, and as I said in the last post, the actual process of writing this blog is the highlight of my day. I don’t ever want to change that. Period.

Thanks again for reading, and hope everyone’s having a good long weekend!

Comments

  1. Great to hear you think through all these things on here, and I look forward to hearing from Travis.

  2. Lucky,

    I was looking for your email address to suggest a topic, but I cannot find it. Perhaps you could email me?

    Lover you blog.

    Bryan

  3. Thank you for writing and letting us read, Ben. It`s my everyday activity to read your blog all the way from Brazil.

    Cheers

  4. Support your approach wholeheartedly! We still need you to blog full-time because you’re the best at this. Other perspectives would add value, not replace you. šŸ™‚

  5. @ AJK — I try to run this like a democracy, and at the end of the day a majority of people voted against it, so have a hard time pulling the trigger on the change. :-/

  6. Will you have a separate RSS feed for the recap posts? (yeah, I actually still use RSS, at least I think, feedly uses it…). Could be useful.

  7. I know you think that there are others who do travel reports better than you, but I do wish you’d try. You go so many wonderful places that I would love to hear about them. Or perhaps one of your guest could address different places they’ve been.

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